Advising/Counseling & Title IX Information

Student Development

Counseling services at Southside Virginia Community College are designed to assist the citizens in our service area in obtaining their educational, vocational, and personal goals.  Through various activities, students will have the opportunity to develop their intellectual, personal, and social skills while gaining a greater self-awareness of their own values and directions.



Christanna Campus
Bernadette Battle               Director of Counseling Christanna Campus

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Daniel Campus
Dorothea Sizemore              Director of Counseling             John H. Daniel Campus

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Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

No person in the United States, shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Title IX is a civil rights law passed in 1972, which prohibits gender discrimination in educational settings that receive federal funding. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct and other gender-based conduct violations are all considered discrimination, regardless of the gender and sexual orientation of the reporting party and the accused. Gender discrimination impacts a student’s or employee’s ability to fully benefit from the programs and services offered at Southside Virginia Community College.

SVCC is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

What is Sexual Misconduct?
Some examples include but are not limited to:

  • Unwelcome physical contact, such as touching
  • Persistent, unwelcome requests for a relationship or sexual contact
  • Requests for romantic or sexual contact from someone who grades, advises or supervises you
  • Unwelcome sexual remarks about a person’s clothing, body, sexuality or sexual orientation
  • Sexual violence and sexual assault
  • Using technology and/or social media to spread rumors, share compromising photos/videos, or make persistent unwelcome sexual advances

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Office Student Development Services

Christanna Campus 434 949-1063

John H. Daniel Campus 434 736-2051

As a recipient of federal funds, Southside Virginia Community College is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq. ("Title IX"), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities, admission and employment. Under certain circumstances, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and similar conduct constitute sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The Title IX Coordinator is Melissa Wood,whose office is located at the John H. Daniel Campus, and may be contacted by phone at 434-736-2070 or by email at  The Deputy Title IX Coordinators are Dorothea Sizemore, Director of Counseling for the John H. Daniel Campus and Bernadette Battle, Director of Counseling for the Christanna Campus.  There contact information (phone and email) is noted in the contact information at the top of the page.